Tonight It's You

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"Tonight It's You"
Cheap Trick 1985 Single Cover Tonight It's You.jpg
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album Standing on the Edge
B-side "Wild Wild Women"
Released July 1985 (US)[1]
September 1985 (UK)[2]
Format 7", 12"
Genre Rock, power pop
Length 3:30 (single version)
4:46 (album version)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Rick Nielsen
Robin Zander
Jon Brant
Mark Radice
Producer(s) Jack Douglas
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"Up the Creek"
"Tonight It's You"
"Little Sister"

"Up the Creek"
"Tonight It's You"
"Little Sister"

"Tonight It's You" is a song by American rock band Cheap Trick, released in 1985 as the lead single from their eighth studio album Standing on the Edge. It was written by Rick Nielsen, Robin Zander, Jon Brant and Mark Radice, and produced by Jack Douglas.[3] "Tonight It's You" reached No. 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks Chart.[4][5]

"Tonight It's You" was released by Epic Records in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan.[6] For its release as a single, an edit of the full LP version of "Tonight It's You" was created.[7]


A music video was filmed to promote the single, which was directed by Just Jaeckin and produced by Joey Nardelli.[8] It achieved heavy rotation on MTV.[9] The band also performed both "Tonight It's You" and "Little Sister" on the US TV show Nighttime, hosted by Dick Clark.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, Billboard described the song as "power pop produced to Who-ish proportions".[11] In a review of the album, Rolling Stone commented: ""Tonight It's You" is gorgeous Top Forty mischief, reminiscent of the Raspberries' 1973 neo-operatic nugget, "Overnight Sensation". Zigzagging through the Sixties British Invasion like a runaway train, Cheap Trick plows into Rubber Soul folk-pop, jingle-jangle Merseybeat and orchestral guitar metal recalling the Move's classic 1970 album, Shazam. Cascading acoustic guitars decorate axeman Rick Nielsen's wall of monster fuzz while singer Robin Zander wails in front of sheetmetal harmonies. The cumulative effect is like three or four hit songs vacuum-packed into one."[12]

In a retrospective review of the album, Mike DeGagne of AllMusic described the song as "silvery-sounding" and the "only highlight" from Standing on the Edge.[3] Billboard, in a review of the 1996 compilation Sex, America, Cheap Trick described the song as a "Beatlesque gem".[13] John M. Borack, in his 2007 book Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide, included "Tonight It's You" as one of Cheap Trick's best twenty songs. He stated: "Sure, it sounds a bit dated now and seems, in retrospect, to have been a calculated effort to get the boys back on the pop charts in '85... but still, that chorus... heavenly, I tell ya. Zander sings it like he means it, too."[14]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "Tonight It's You" - 3:30
  2. "Wild Wild Women" - 4:14
7" Single (US promo)
  1. "Tonight It's You" - 3:30
  2. "Tonight It's You" - 3:30
12" single (UK release)
  1. "Tonight It's You (Album Version)" - 4:47
  2. "Wild Wild Women" - 4:14
  3. "I Want You to Want Me" - 3:09
  4. "If You Want My Love" - 3:35
12" Single (US promo)
  1. "Tonight It's You (Edit)" - 4:19
  2. "Tonight It's You" - 3:30

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 44
US Billboard Top Rock Tracks[5] 8


Cheap Trick
Additional personnel


  1. ^ "Cheap Trick - Tonight It's You / Wild Wild Women - Epic - USA - 34-05431". 45cat. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  2. ^ "Cheap Trick - Tonight It's You / Wild Wild Women - Epic - UK - A 6390". 45cat. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  3. ^ a b AllMusic Review by Mike DeGagne. "Standing on the Edge - Cheap Trick | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  4. ^ a b Billboard. "Cheap Trick Tonight It's You Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  5. ^ a b Billboard. "Cheap Trick Tonight It's You Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  6. ^ "Cheap Trick - Tonight It's You at Discogs". Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  7. ^ "Cheap Trick - Standing On The Edge at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  8. ^ "12 round U S B A Middleweight Championship, Curry vs. Montgomery, Tonight it's you". Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  9. ^ Billboard magazine - MTV Programming - September 21, 1985 - page 36
  10. ^ "Cheap Trick on "Nighttime" U.S. TV 1985 (2 songs + interview)". YouTube. 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  11. ^ Billboard magazine - Reviews - July 27, 1985 - page 65
  12. ^ David Fricke (1985-10-10). "Standing on the Edge | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
  13. ^ Billboard - Google Books. 1996-08-10. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  14. ^ Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide - John M. Borack - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-06-23.

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